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1 Metropolitan Community Churches Strategic Plan 1 U P D A T E D 3 0 O C T O B E R MCC Strategic Plan 10/30/2014

2 Governing Board Strategic Planning Framework and Background Governing Board Charter assigns it responsibility for strategic planning. Large complex organizations need advanced planning to set clear direction. Vision, Mission, and the Strategic Plan provide the basis for focusing resources where needs and opportunities are greatest. Best practice: do planning jointly with the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Board. 2 MCC Strategic Plan

3 Strategic Planning Purpose 3 Strategic Planning addresses accomplishing your denomination vision using finite resources Strategic Planning is an organization s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people. Wikipedia.com Strategic Planning is a process that helps focus on aligning the unique gifts and resources that God has given your organization to take advantage of your opportunities. M3 Planning, Inc. Systematic process of envisioning a desired future, and translating this vision into broadly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them. BusinessDictionary.com MCC Strategic Plan

4 Churches/Community The Strategic Planning Model 4 Services/Support MCC Strategic Plan

5 MCC Denomination Vision Statement 5 Metropolitan Community Church is compelled by an unfinished calling and a prophetic destiny. We are a global movement of spiritually and sexually diverse people who are fully awake to God s enduring love. Following the example of Jesus and empowered by the Spirit, we seek to build leading-edge church communities that demand, proclaim, and do justice in the world. MCC Strategic Plan Approved 30 October 2014

6 MCC Denomination Mission Statement 6 Be MCC: Transforming ourselves as we transform the world. Metropolitan Community Church proclaims and practices a spirituality that is anchored in the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ and confronts the issues of our volatile, uncertain, and complex world. We are called to develop and equip leaders, congregations, and ministries that foster spiritual growth, do the work of justice, act with compassion, and integrate sexuality and spirituality. We will do this through offering high-value training, local church support and resourcing, cutting edge theological exploration, and expanding partnerships. MCC Strategic Plan Approved 30 October 2014

7 Inclusion MCC Denomination Core Values Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry. We want to continue to be conduits of faith where everyone is included in the family of God and where all parts of our being are welcomed at God s table. Community Offering a safe and open community for people to worship, learn, and grow in their faith is our deep desire. We are committed to equipping ourselves and each other to do the work that God has called us to do in the world. Spiritual Transformation Providing a message of liberation from the oppressive religious environment of our day or to those experiencing God for the first time is what guides our ministry. We believe that when people are invited to experience God through the life and ministry of Christ, lives will be transformed. Justice Working to talk less and do more, we are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and standing with those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems, being guided always by our commitment to Global Human Rights. 7 MCC Strategic Plan Approved 30 October 2014

8 MCC Denomination Vision & Mission Statements Vision Metropolitan Community Churches is compelled by an unfinished calling and a prophetic destiny. We are a global movement of spiritually and sexually diverse people who are fully awake to God s enduring love. Following the example of Jesus and empowered by the Spirit, we seek to be a transformational community that demands, proclaims, and does justice in the world. 8 Mission Be MCC: Transforming ourselves as we transform the world. Metropolitan Community Churches proclaims and practices a spirituality that is anchored in the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ and confronts the issues of our volatile, uncertain, and complex world. We are called to develop and equip leaders, congregations, and ministries that foster spiritual growth, do the work of justice, act with compassion, and integrate sexuality and spirituality. We will do this by providing high-value training, local church support and resourcing; encouraging innovative theological exploration;, and forging strategic partnerships. MCC Strategic Plan Approved 30 October 2014

9 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective 1. Global Growth Become a growing multicultural, international, spiritual community. (Global includes USA) Priority Actions 1.1 Enhance accessibility to MCC by establishing a comprehensive multi-lingual and multi-cultural virtual MCC program that (a) functions synergistically with local church virtual outreach programs and (b) provides highquality and culturally relevant spiritual community, pastoral care, and spiritual development by Q Develop and implement a plan, aligned with the International Task Force report, for achieving greater international and demographic diversity among MCC leadership and greater demographic diversity in our local churches by Q Develop at least 50 new healthy, vibrant, contributing, and culturally authentic churches led by competent lay and clergy leaders by Q Celebrate a world-class 2016 General Conference that unites and inspires MCC, including the consideration of a renewed Statement of Faith and a report from the Global Covenant Commission. 1.5 Annually increase the overall awareness of MCC in the world. MCC Strategic Plan 9 Approved 30 October 2014

10 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective 2. Justice Claim our prophetic role as a justice movement for the 21st century. Priority Actions 2.1 Expand visibility for the Moderator and MCC Leaders at justice events around the world beginning Q Expand Global Justice Institute advocacy, visibility, and capacity. 2.3 Strengthen and expand MCC organization-wide focus on faith-based social action, justice, and activism by Q through a system-wide review of top-level programs and recommendations for better integration of justice elements in core programs. 2.4 Enlist 10 congregations (from various countries) as anchor congregations* to resource and assist the Global Justice Institute in its work by Q In partnership with the MCC Senior Leadership Team and Global Justice Institute, create training curriculum in faith-based Human Rights Advocacy that can be offered at the local church level and recruit/train 20 participants by Q * strategic partners that are healthy, strong, and sufficiently committed to this particular outreach and ministry. These strategic partners would also assist local congregations in MCC to contribute to the work of GJI. MCC Strategic Plan 10 Approved 30 October 2014

11 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective 3. Congregations and Ministries Strengthen our congregations and ministries. Priority Actions 3.1 Resource MCC Networks to effectively create connection, care, communication, and resourcing with and through local churches and ministries and review annually. 3.2 Train and deploy a group of nine lay and clergy leaders to teach summits, assist churches in pastoral search, and provide intervention in churches as needed by Q4 2014, increasing the number to 15 by Q Pilot new strategies and resources to encourage reversal of decline and promote healthy growth in congregations beginning Q Develop a sustainable pool of trained pastors for transitional ministry by Q MCC Strategic Plan 11 Approved 30 October 2014

12 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective 4. People Cultivate, nurture, and deploy lay and clergy leaders that are equipped and empowered to carry out our global mission. Priority Actions 4.1 Expand Clergy Well-being programming annually. 4.2 Provide on-going leadership development webinars through the MCC On Line Learning Center. 4.3 Complete a highly successful moderator transition by Q and on-boarding process by Q that supports the attainment of our vision and mission. 4.4 Train 300 lay people to provide transformative leadership at the local and denominational levels in MCC by General Conference Increase and deploy the number of trained and equipped senior, solo, and staff pastors to meet the evolving needs of MCC congregations and ministries by Q Create an Academy for Spiritual Formation for MCC devoted to the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, gender identity and expression, leadership development, and justice by Q Annually align the organization with the strategic plan. MCC Strategic Plan 12 Approved 30 October 2014

13 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective 5. Finances Build a culture of generosity to achieve our vision and mission. Priority Actions 5.1 Create and share comprehensive generosity/stewardship resources that are designed for local churches reflecting MCC s diverse cultures, nationalities and languages by Q Strengthen practices, policies, and procedures that enhance financial relationship-building between local churches and the denomination starting Q Invest in development of alternative sources of income to sustain the denomination (outside of the current assessment model) by Q Annually expand financial capacity to fund operations that support our vision and mission. 5.5 Plan and implement a 50th anniversary major campaign launched by Q MCC Strategic Plan 13 Approved 30 October 2014

14 Yearly Strategic Plan Calendar 2015 Schedule Q Strategic Plan communication continues Governing Board/Senior Leadership Team 2014 annual/action plans continue and progress monitored 2014 MCC Strategic Plan annual progress report written and approved 2015 Investments prioritized 2015 Annual Plans developed 2015 Communications plan updated Processes and procedures updated Organization aligned with strategy Q SP report published Annual plans/budget communicated 2015 Strategic Planning Calendar finalized and assignments confirmed Updated market analysis and data gathering performed for Governing Board March Face to Face Meeting 14 Plan performance reviewed at Governing Board March Face to Face Meeting Monthly reviews Q Communication continues Monthly reviews Q Joint Governing Board/Senior Leadership Team plan, implementation and performance review at August Face to Face Meeting Update communication plan for 2016 Monthly reviews 2016 Annual Planning and budget process begins Q Annual Planning and budget process completed MCC Strategic Plan Approved 30 October 2014

15 Metropolitan Community Churches Strategic Plan 15 U P D A T E D 3 0 O C T O B E R PRIORITY ACTON SUMMARIES MCC Strategic Plan 10/30/2014

16 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective Global Growth Become a growing multicultural, international, spiritual community. (Global includes USA) Priority Actions Grow new, healthy, vibrant and culturally authentic churches. Increase virtual access to MCC and our churches. Achieve greater diversity across our leadership. Unite and inspire with a renewed MCC Statement of Faith and MCC Global Covenant. MCC Strategic Plan 16 Approved 30 October 2014

17 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective Justice Claim our prophetic role as a justice movement for the 21st century. Priority Actions Increase MCC presence at justice events around the world. Expand Global Justice Institute justice advocacy, visibility, and capacity. Train congregations in human rights advocacy work. Strengthen MCC faith-based social action, justice, and activism. MCC Strategic Plan 17 Approved 30 October 2014

18 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective Congregations and Ministries Strengthen our congregations and ministries. Priority Actions Use MCC Networks to increase connections, care, and resources between our churches. Train lay and clergy leaders. Increase the number of healthy and vibrant churches. Develop a pool of trained pastors for transitional ministry. MCC Strategic Plan 18 Approved 30 October 2014

19 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective People Cultivate, nurture, and deploy lay and clergy leaders that are equipped and empowered to carry out our global mission. Priority Actions Care for our clergy well being. Complete a highly successful MCC Moderator selection and transition. Increase the number of trained and equipped pastors and lay leaders. Expand the MCC On-Line Learning Center. Create the MCC Academy for Spiritual Formation devoted to the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, gender identity and expression, leadership development, and justice. MCC Strategic Plan 19 Approved 30 October 2014

20 MCC Strategic Plan Breakthrough Objective Finances Build a culture of generosity to achieve our vision and mission. Priority Actions Create and share multi-lingual and culturally diverse stewardship resources. Strengthen church and denomination operating and financial relationships. Develop new income streams and expand capacity to support our vision and mission. Plan and implement a 50th anniversary major campaign. MCC Strategic Plan 20 Approved 30 October 2014

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